The Riddle of the Sands
An excellent read
Living on Huisduinen (Netherlands), a former Wadden Island at the west end of the Wadden Sea I'm sailing in this area for almost half a century. Childers realy knows what sailing in the wadden Sea is. The technics and circumstances he describes are true and for everybody a guide/introduction to this sailing ground. Also the topography of the German and Dutch Wadden Sea is correct, compliments for Childers.
The book is on board with me and many a crewmember was surprised by the accuracy of the book. And also glad to have an exiting book on bad weather days lying for anchor behind a drying sand on the Wadden Sea. I recommend it.
And also I don't know anything about a German plan for an invasion in England in the described way it is not a total illusion, it could be done that way in those times.
I just finished reading this book a second time (with 20 years between readings), and it was even better. I just learned here that Childers was executed by firing squad -- by the British no less. Something confusing is that the book was published in 1903, a full ten years *before* the start of WWI. That's amazing prescience. Was he an intelligence officer after all? If so, he wouldn't have revealed this secret in 1903 though. Very interesting. In any case, this is a must-read for adventure-loving sailors.